O'FALLON, Mo. -- After calling 911 for their dog, a Missouri couple was ticketed for making a false 911 report. But they say it was a family emergency.
Rose and Randy Lakey of O’Fallon, Mo., said they called police after Oreo, their four-year-old, Great Dane, collapsed on Easter Sunday.
“It was so fast, and we were so upset that all I could think of was to tell her we have to call for help,” said Randy.
The dog, which stands six-foot-four on her hind legs and weighs 140 pounds, was too big for the couple to help by themselves.
“I could barely get her off the ground at all,” Randy said. “When I did, her head and her legs and everything ... she was just out of it."
Minutes after calling 911, paramedics arrive. One paramedic wanted nothing to do with Oreo.
“She seen Oreo and she threw her hands up and said, ‘It’s a dog are you kidding me?’ Then she turned and walked away,” Randy said.
Another paramedic brought Oreo oxygen and help load her into a car. The couple then took Oreo to an animal emergency clinic, but Oreo died.
The next day, police ticketed the couple for filing a false 911 report, but Randy and Rose said it was an emergency for them.
"We just needed help,” they said. “There's nothing false about that."
They couple considered Oreo their daughter and admit in their hysteria they could have referred to her as such when talking to the 911 dispatcher. But Rose said she knows she referred to Oreo as her “dog” at the beginning of the call.